Inner Development Goals

“I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change. I thought that with thirty years of good science we could address those problems. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy. And to deal with those, we need a spiritual and cultural transformation”.

James Gustave Speth, American environmental lawyer and activist


At :response, we engage daily with the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a comprehensive plan by the UN for a sustainable world in 2030. The Inner Development Goals (IDGs) initiative sees the SDGs as a great vision but says progress toward that vision has been rather disappointing. We lack the inner skills to deal with our increasingly complex environment and challenges: These skills need to be developed. For this reason, the initiative is working on a transformative capabilities framework. The IDGs are intended to be a guide, so to speak, on how to learn the necessary skills to achieve the SDGs.

To the initiative

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